PA Attorney General warns of scams related to ACA expansion

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 6, 2013 7:14 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The upcoming full implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act could bring more scams to the commonwealth.

Chief Deputy state Attorney General Thomas Devlin says identity thieves and other criminals use online, phone and door-to-door scams to ask for personal information.

He warns new health care initiatives will mean criminals could try to gather personal information by posing as government officials or health care company workers.

"No one from the government or reputable companies is going to be asking for your personal healthcare information unsolicited over the phone or on the Internet," Devlin says.

He says one documented scam is a request for personal information for a so-called "national medical card."

There is no such thing.

The Attorney General's office has set up a toll-free hotline to report scams at 1-877-888-4877.

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